If you’ve followed along with us, you know that science says a mine of the size, scale, and location of Pebble’s proposal, even in the smallest iteration considered, would threaten the fisheries of Bristol Bay.
The Pebble 12% Build is the most recent mine proposal presently being evaluated by the US Army Corps of Engineers in an Environmental Impact Statement. The proposed mine would mine only 12% of the identified mineral resource over the 20-year life of the mine. The smaller, ‘environmentally friendly’ mine proposed by the Pebble Limited Partnership would put all of the acid-generating waste back into the open pit to minimize post-closure water treatment requirements, but perpetual water treatment would still be required.
Monday, Alaska’s Governor-elect Dunleavy appointed some of his new state commissioners. One of particular concern is Jason Brune, appointed Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. Brune, if confirmed by the legislature will be the person in charge whether Pebble will receive numerous key permits.
Ron Thiessen, CEO of Northern Dynasty Minerals (backers of Pebble Mine), recently made a presentation at the Silver and Gold Mining Investor Summit in San Francisco. While there are many lies and misrepresentations in his presentation as we’ve come to expect, there are a couple in particular we couldn’t let go unrefuted.
Noting the continued lack of public approval, Mark Hamilton, Pebble’s external affairs employee, is on a tour to promote the mine throughout the state of Alaska. In the process, Hamilton has declared quite a few falsehoods pertaining to the potential for damage in Bristol Bay. We asked two technical experts to reply to some of his most egregious statements.
To get a better understanding of what is at stake when it comes to the proposed Pebble Mine, this August I struck out into the wet, windy, wild country of western Cook Inlet with two other adventurous Alaskan women adventurers, writer Erin McKittrick and visual storyteller Jayme Dittmar.
Today dozens of businesses and fishing organizations in Alaska that depend on robust populations of fish and game have submitted an open letter to Alaska's elected decision makers and voters in support of Ballot Measure 1, known as the “Salmon habitat initiative.”
In early July, grocers and fish markets throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond came together to promote Bristol Bay sockeye salmon during the peak of the Bristol Bay fishing season. This wasn’t your average salmon promotion though. Instead, businesses encouraged customers to eat Bristol Bay salmon as a way to help save Bristol Bay salmon – or “eat wild to save wild,” as Seattle Chef Tom Douglas often reminds people.
When Alaskans go to the polls in November we will have the opportunity to vote on ballot measure 1 called, “An Act providing for protection of wild salmon and fish and wildlife habitat.” You may have already heard of ballot measure 1 as the measure being backed by the group “Stand for Salmon,” and opposed by “Stand for Alaska.”
Major thanks to Jeff Ditsworth at Pescador on the Fly for donating two rod and reel combos to be used as incentives both online and offline to grow our network of supporters for the Save Bristol Bay campaign.
Clarks Point, Alaska-- United Tribes of Bristol Bay Executive Director Alannah Hurley, and other fishing leaders thanked Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s today for his call to halt the environmental review of the proposed Pebble Mine. In a letter to the US Army Corps. of Engineers, Governor Walker requested the federal agency cease its ongoing analysis of the wildly controversial proposed Pebble Mine.
More than 35 Alaskan lodge owners, operators, and guides from Bristol Bay and elsewhere requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspend its review of Pebble's phase-one mine plan application until further critical information is provided.
Trout Unlimited has been working with fishermen, tribes, chefs, and thousands of others who, together, are fighting to protect the Bristol Bay region of Alaska from the proposed Pebble Mine.
As salmon runs decline globally, Bristol Bay's importance is elevated - not only as a powerhouse for wild salmon, but also the engine for local and international economies, and a world-class sportfishing destination.
Brian Kraft has been a constant, supportive figure in the effort to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble mine for many years now. Whenever news breaks, a planning meeting is held, or an update is given, you can bet Brian will be there, wanting to know the latest, how it'll impact his business and the region he loves, and asking how he can help.
I have no skiff to leave to my children or smokehouse to continue filling the way ancestors did before me. Pebble banks on the fact that most of their opponents recognize this, and will eventually give up.
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they will give the public more time to comment on Pebble's permit application after initially only giving 30-days, which would have been less time for public comment than any other on-going project overseen by the Corps of Engineers in Alaska, despite being the largest and most controversial proposal in the state.
This week, 50 fishing and hunting businesses and organizations sent a joint letter to First Quantum Minerals urging the company to withdraw financial support from the proposed Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of hearings on Pebble's phase one mine plan. Public participation is critical to continue to show opposition to Pebble Mine and communicate to the Corps of Engineers our concerns about Pebble's Mining proposal.
Trout Unlimited's Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch, "For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.
Martin Kviteng is a business owner who sent us the mock up of his new cessna, and we couldn't resist the opportunity to feature one of our many awesome business partners. Thanks, Martin!
We're anticipating another busy spring in the effort to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine proposal. The company filed their mining permits last spring and their application makes two things abundantly clear: